All roads lead back home. Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he’s never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy’s unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It’s an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, ‘How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?’ His response was, ‘But I did come from something!’ So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, the Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that ‘something’ was and whether it is still there.
Far from a typical travelogue, Billy’s quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences – a first pressing of a Hank Williams album (the first record he ever owned), Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, a bottle of air that re-creates the smell of the old Glasgow Docks – each of which inspire moments of reflection, joy, drama and laughter.
Accompanying a major BBC TV series, Made in Scotland is Billy Connolly’s insightful, moving and very funny account of the stuff that really matters. Family, love, sex, health, football, fishing, work, art, swearing, banjos, friends, going to the pub. And good tea.
Part one of two one-hour specials features Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble, Micky Flanagan, Lord Grade, Tracey Ullman, AL Kennedy, Val McDermid, Sharleen Spiteri and Eddi Reader. The film shows a true reflection of his far influence and still maintaining his unique but personal approach to comedy.
This final instalment (featuring Eddie Izzard, Ross Noble, Micky Flanagan, AL Kennedy, Tracey Ullman, Val McDermid, Sharleen Spiteri and Eddi Reader) finds Billy back in the Scotland of his childhood, where he reveals that knitted woolly swimming trunks were not a figment of his imagination.